Remembering those with medical challenges:
Debbie Bartlett, David Baudo, Elaine Benka, Ron Benka, Jerry Groves, Don Hazel, Michelle Bauman Jarzembowski, Roy Seibert, Jeff Trimble, April Williams, Andrea Wollam


Remembering those who are home bound:
Shirlee Chambers, Charles English, Margaret Halavick, Jim Illencik, Ellen Miller, Harriette Shaffer


Remembering those with special needs:
Donna Baldwin, Joe Benka, Elizabeth Campbell, Anne Cerminaro, Marty Cohol, Bryan Giocondi, Debi Houlf, Lisa Null, Anita Rayburn, Cindy Robinson, Deanna Savon, Ondine Shiau, Willis Stauffer, Lisa Young


Remembering those in Military Service:   Joe Baudo, Kirk Groves, Michael Maradin


Thank you:  Dear St. Paul Lutheran, I want to thank you for being a building block in my foundation.  Growing up in a faith-based home and having the experiences such as mission trips gave me a deeper perspective on life.  As I enter into the next chapter of my life, I feel prepared.  The generous gift from the church towards my education and dream is appreciated greatly.  Sincerely, Jacob Groves


Thank you:  Thank you very much for the keychain and the generous scholarship.  I will use it to help with my education at Bowling Green State University.  I would also like to thank all of you for your continuous support throughout my life.
Sincerely, Andrew Sutton


Thank you:  The Kraynek family would like to thank all the beautiful ladies who worked the after funeral luncheon.



As we look at our mission and outreach in the community, we want to hear your voice.  What do you think about our social ministry, our work with other churches, our witness in the world?  These may seem like big questions, but we will explore them together in a special six-week program this Fall.

At this time, St. Paul and Living Lord have decided to engage in a “Prayer and Renewal Series” called Fanning the Flame (from the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA).

    • Training leaders of St. Paul and Living Lord
    • “Invitation to a journey” 6-minute DVD with discussion
    • “For the sake of others; in God for the world” 5-minute DVD with discussion
    • “We are church for the sake of the world” 5-minute DVD with Bishop Eaton/discussion
    • The six weeks of worship from Oct. 8 to Nov. 19 will include a 15-minute small group discussion time during the worship service. Each worshipper will be included in a small group.  A captain will lead discussion and make note of 2 or 3 points that come from their group each week.


    • 8: The burning bush:  LISTEN
    • 15: The valley of the dry bones:  LOOK
    • 22: Jesus sends out 70 disciples:  RESPOND
    • 5: Finding the lost:  FORGIVE
    • 12: The great commandment:  LOVE
    • 19: The great commission:  GO

Materials for discussion will be circulated in the September and October Newsletters so you can prepare in thought and prayer.  Please feel free to discuss this program with members of council and the pastors.  It is an exciting time for us all!  You won’t want to miss it.



DVD Course discussion “Lunch with Luther” Sunday noontime
8 weeks, Sept. 3 to Oct. 22
Seminary teachers make topics accessible to laity; hosted at St. Paul for Trumbull Area Lutherans; bring a brown bag lunch; drinks provided

DVD Course Description – Luther’s Legacy for Laity:  Martin Luther’s legacy is a rich treasure for all Christians, but particularly for lay people.  Luther, through the doctrines of justification, freedom of the Christian, bondage of the will, and vocation, provides Christians with an understanding of what God has done for us and what God wants to do through us for the sake of the neighbor.  All the big questions of faith and life are found in the abundance of Reformation theology.  These theologians shape how Christians view their place in the world.  These presentations were filmed live at the Lay School of Ministry in the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin, ELCA.  This 8-week course will have a DVD presentation and discussion totaling 90 minutes each Sunday.  Come to one or all sessions.  Please reserve a place by calling Lynn Golen at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 330-394-5741.  All are welcome!


Movie:  “Martin Luther:  The Idea that Changed the World”
Tuesday, October 24, 7:30 pm
Special showing for area Lutherans at Tinseltown, Southern Park Mall (Youngstown)


Shared Ministry Joint Worship
Sunday, October 29, 10:30 am
At St. Paul Lutheran Church; finger food reception in Cassel Hall following worship


Anniversary of the Reformation
Sunday, October 29, 6:00 pm
At St. Columba Cathedral, Youngstown, Catholic-Lutheran Ecumenical Evening Prayer


“GOD’S WORK, OUR HANDS” LUTHERAN DAY OF SERVICE:  This year, we plan to join ELCA churches around the country in doing service projects on the afternoon of Sunday, September 10.  On this one day, American Lutherans make a joint effort to do various small projects to help neighbors – a nationwide witness to the love of Christ.  Our Social Ministry Committee at St. Paul will have a poster to describe the day displayed in the narthex.  Do you have a small household job that you cannot complete on your own?  Tell Pastor Winters or Judy Dodge.  Or would you like to pitch in to do service on September 10?  Please sign up in the narthex.  The more the merrier!


CHOIR START-UP:  The Choir will begin rehearsal on Sunday, September 3, at 9:15 am in the Choir Room.  We invite new singers to join the ranks and sing the heavenly praises of the angels.  Are you afraid to sing in front of people?  We’ve got that covered – you sing from behind and above and no one can really see you.  Do not worry if you cannot read music.  The only requirement is that you can hum a tune and love to sing to God.  Do you know of someone who can sing but doesn’t know about us?  Do they not have a church to call home?  Tell them about St. Paul’s fun-filled and Christ-filled choir.  We do have fun.  If you have questions or want to join but might need a reminder, contact Jeff Trimble at 724-983-6423 or  It’s going to be an exciting year for us.


RALLY DAY:  “Rally Day” for Sunday School begins on Sunday, September 10.  Time is 9:30 to 10:15 am.  This is a great time to instill “Christian Values” in our youth.  They are the future of the church and this world that we live in.  If interested in helping teach our youth, please feel free to contact Debbie Groves at 330-619-5064.


COFFEE CUP GREETINGS:  Come join the St. Paul family for a coffee hour before worship and enjoy some Christian fellowship.  What a good way to start your Sunday morning!  The first one will be held on September 3 beginning at 9:30 am and then we will have one on Rally Day, September 10, beginning at 9:30 am.  After that, they will be held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.


NURSERY:  We have had an interest in having a nursery for families with young children, newborn through 5 years.  The Nursery Room has a speaker so that attendants can hear what is going on in the sanctuary.  All we need to make this happen is a few parents with young children who would be willing to take a Sunday.  Please feel free to contact Debbie Groves at 330-619-5064 if you would be willing to attend to the nursery on a Sunday.


ST. PAUL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PROGRAM:  The Scholarship Form, along with the requirements, can be picked up from the church secretary, Lynn, Terry Ceplecci, Debbie Groves, or Pastor Winters.  These awards and Recognition Day for graduates will be held in June 2018.  Please remember to sign the attendance sheets when you attend worship service since this is a requirement towards the scholarship.


COOKIES, PRAYERS, & LOVE:  Some of you know me and some do not.  I am Pastor Linda Murray and recently retired from ministry.  However, that does not mean I am retired from doing ministry which God calls me to do in my personal life.  I have always said that when I plan something, God just laughs at me.  Needless to say, God is having a good time with me at this time of re-adjustment in my life.

God has placed on me to do prison ministry.  I am not asking anyone to come to any prison with me, but I do need your help.  I have recently become acquainted with Kairos Prison Ministry and September 21-24 I will be going to a women’s low-level security prison.  The weekend is spent in prayer, sharing personal stories, worship, singing uplifting hymns, and, of course, showing and sharing the love of Jesus Christ.  The ladies have an opportunity to reflect on their past and to know that they are not forgotten and can be forgiven for their past sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, just as we are forgiven for our sins through the love of Christ.

However, I do need some help from you.  We give Agape Gifts or gifts of love on these spiritual retreats.  These gifts range from Chap Stick, tissues, small religious items, candy, bookmarks, Bible verses written on cards, or handmade items, anything that is given with love.  The Agape Gifts are given to the women throughout the retreat, but because we are in a prison, we cannot give these types of Agape Gifts.  The gifts of love we can give are cookies – chocolate chip cookies – to be precise.  These cookies are given to every inmate, correctional officer, and paid staff.  That is a lot of people, so we are not talking about a few dozen cookies.  Each of the women who are the leaders and clergy are to produce 60 dozen cookies.  We have around 31 women who are working on the September retreat which equals 1,860 dozen cookies or 10,320 chocolate chip cookies!  That is a lot of cookies!  Like I said, I know God is laughing at me and no doubt thinks this is funny.

But the good news is that I only need 60 dozen.  If 20 people would volunteer to bake only 3 dozen cookies, I could easily hand over my required amount!  Please think about helping me with this.  While a homemade cookie is nothing for us, these women look forward all year to the two times that a Kairos retreat weekend occurs because they know they will get something homemade and it was made with love and prayers.  Oh yes, there is a prayer to be said when you make your cookies!  I believe the date I will need these cookies is September 14 (Thursday) since I need to be at the prison on the morning of September 15 for orientation.

I am also asking if you will pray for these women.  I will have a sign-up sheet in the narthex to sign up for a time to pray.  These are in half-hour allotments throughout the 72 hour long weekend.  Prayerfully consider helping in this ministry.  I will be sharing this ministry with you in the next few weeks and do not hesitate to ask me any questions.  I probably will not have an answer since this is new to me, but I will do my utmost best to provide you with answers.
Shalom, Pr. Linda Murray


PASTA DINNER:  The 150th Anniversary Committee is sponsoring a Pasta Dinner on Sunday, September 17, from 12:00 to 3:00 pm.  Menu consists of pasta, meatballs, salad, bread & butter, dessert, and hot & cold beverages.  Tickets are $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 12 and under.  Tickets will be on sale after service on Sundays and also at the door.  Take outs available.  Please come and support this worthy cause!  This is a Thrivent sponsored event.


SAVE THE DATE – OKTOBERFEST:   Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 21, 2017.  That is the date set for our annual Oktoberfest at St. Paul.  As always, we will be needing lots of help in order to make this event a huge success.  During the month of September, sign-up sheets will be placed in the narthex.  These will be for you to volunteer to help at this event as well as to donate specific items to be included in our gift basket raffles.  Please watch for these sheets or call Brenda Ceplecci at 330-534-2388 or Diana Bauman at 330-856-6034 to offer your services.  This is not only a great night for fellowship, but also serves as one of our biggest fundraisers of the year.  Your help will be greatly appreciated!


2017 FLOWERS AND MEDITATION CANDLES:  Weeks are still available for purchase, dedicated to your special intentions. The meditation candle is $5.00 and flowers are $30.00 for two vases. Please use an Order Envelope and PREPAY your order at the time that you sign the flower and candle chart. PAYMENT ENVELOPES ARE BY THE FLOWER CHART. On weeks where there is no paid order, the church will display silk flowers to the Glory of God.  Please sign up for your special weeks while they are available.


SPLASH TODAY:  Donations are always warmly welcomed, and with your continued support, we will be able to sustain this valuable ministry to young families.


GRIEF MINISTRY:  Part of the Social Committee is Grief Ministry. Joyce Osborn (330-372-2136) is spearheading this ministry with Pr. Winters’ and God’s guidance and help.  When a loved one dies, Joyce sends a set of four books called “Journeying through Grief” throughout the first year. Each book describes the issues and feelings that a person tends to encounter at various points of grief and the books offer suggestions on handling them.  If Pastor Winters or Joyce can be of any help or if you have any questions during a time of grief, please contact either of them.


DUE TO GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS:  In the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), churches and clergy can no longer make written or oral public announcements of health information regarding our members.  Thus, unless specifically requested by a member to share other information, we are only able to indicate where a person is hospitalized or that they have been discharged.